Giants add 17 to roster

The Giants Friday announced the signing of 17 rookie free agents, all of whom are participating in this week's mini-camp. <BR><BR>

The players are quarterback Jared Lorenzen of Kentucky; running backs Chris Douglas of Duke and Keylon Kincade of SMU; fullback Edgar Cervantes of Iowa; wide receivers Chris Davis of Southern University and Andrae Thurman of Southern Oregon; tight end Beau Fullerton of Tennessee Tech; defensive end Khaleed Vaughn of Clemson; linebackers T.J. Hollowell of Nebraska, Levi Madarieta of Brigham Young, Jim Maxwell of Gardner Webb, Lewis Moore of Pittsburgh and Robert Peace of Tennessee; cornerbacks Curtis DeLoatch of North Carolina A&T, Dewitt Ellerbee of South Carolina State and Charles Jones of Alabama; and punter Mark Gould of Northern Arizona.

Lorenzen (6-4, 275) was a four-year starter at Kentucky. He set school records for total yards (10,637), passing yardage (10,354), completions (862) and touchdowns passes (78). As a senior in 2003, he completed 191 of 336 passes (56.8 percent) for 2,221 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was second-team All-SEC (Eli Manning was first team). He holds four SEC records and 11 school records.

Douglas (6-0, 190) ranks first in Duke history in career rushing yards (3,122), rushing attempts (695) and all-purpose yards (5,655). As a senior in 2003, he rushed for 1,138 yards and was named first-team All-ACC.

Kincade (5-11, 210) is the sixth-leading rusher in SMU history, with 3,038 yards. As a senior he rushed for 1,280 yards and was named All-Western Athletic Conference. He was second in the WAC and 26th nationally with 106.7 rushing yards per game.

Cervantes (6-3, 243) is a strong blocker who rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns in his final two seasons. He had career-high totals of seven carries and 42 yards vs. Penn State last season. Cervantes is a native of Mexico City.

Davis (6-2, 200) led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2003 in receptions (56) and receiving yards (897). He scored eight touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for 27 yards.

Thurman (6-0, 190) transferred to Southern Oregon after playing three seasons for Arizona, where he is ninth in career receptions (105) and 11th in receiving yards (1,530). Last year he caught 55 passes for 845 yards and four touchdowns and returned 15 kickoffs for 330 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown.

Fullerton (6-2, 247) was a fifth-year senior and second-year starter in 2003, when he excelled as a blocker. In the last two seasons he caught 29 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns.

Vaughn (6-4,276) was a three-year starter who finished his career with 194 tackles 9106 solo), 11 sacks, 23 stops for losses, one interception and two forced fumbles. As a senior he had 50 tackles and two sacks. Vaughn was also a two-time Academic All-ACC selection.

Hollowell (6-0, 235) became a starter late in his junior season and finished his career with 173 tackles (76 solo), 3.5 sacks, 12 stops for losses, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. In 2003, he was an honorable mention All-Big Twelve selection after posting 80 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Madarieta (6-3, 230) began his career at the University of Washington before transferring to BYU, where he played for three seasons. In 32 games, he had 117 tackles (61 solo), two sacks and five interceptions.

Maxwell (6-4, 242) started all 42 games in which he played at Gardner-Webb, recording 306 tackles (172 solo), 10 sacks, 30 tackles for losses, four interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries and eight forced fumbles. He was a 2003 first-team All-Big South selection after posting a career-high 116 tackles (70 solo), three sacks, 15 tackles for losses and an interception. He graduated in December, 2002 with a degree in business administration and has since been pursuing an MBA at Gardner-Webb.

Moore (6-1, 247) was a three-year starter who moved from the strong side to middle linebacker in 2003. He started 33 of 48 games and recorded 336 tackles (221 solo), 10 sacks, 26 tackles for losses, six fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. In 2003, he was an honorable mention All-America and an All-Big East first-team selection after contributing a career-high 137 tackles (94 solo) 4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for losses, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles and an interception.

Peace (6-2, 237) started all 13 games as a senior and was named second-team All-SEC after posting a career-high 103 tackles (72 solo), two sacks and 12 tackles for losses. His career totals were 162 tackles (110 solo), three sacks and 19 tackles for losses.

DeLoatch (6-2, 217) set an NCAA record with a 26.5-yard punter return average and tied another mark with five punt returns for touchdowns as a sophomore in 2001. In his career, he averaged 12.9 yards a punt return (88 for 1,135 yards.) DeLoatch also set a school record with 341 yards on 10 interceptions.

Ellerbee (5-8, 190) was a fourth-year starter at South Carolina State. As a senior he had 50 tackles (37 solo) and two interceptions for 78 yards. Ellerbee also blocked a field goal attempt and a punt.

Jones (6-0, 180) started every game for Alabama the last two seasons. As a senior, he had a career-high 91 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. Jones had 15 tackles against Tennessee.

Gould (6-2, 206) averaged 44.8 yards a punt in his career, the best mark in Division 1-AA history. His 48.2-yard average as a junior in 2002 was also a division record. In the last two years, 71 of Gould's 123 kickoffs (57.7 percent) were touchbacks.


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